LSU Throws Its Hat In The Annoying Turf Color Ring

LSU's purple field

Being that today is April Fools Day, I’m reluctant to believe a lot that is floating about on the web today. This next story is no different. But my disbelief of this story goes beyond April’s Fools Day. Disbelief creeps in mostly for me because I just hope it isn’t true.

We’ve already had to deal with Boise State’s “smurf turf” and Eastern Washington’s plan to turn their field into a 100 yard Bloody Mary. And now, LSU has (supposedly) decided they will install purple field turf in historic Tiger Stadium in time for the 2010 home opener against Mississippi State.

My eyes are burning already.

“It’s now time to expand the traditions that surround our football program,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “LSU is going to take the lead in what we think will become the wave of the future and that’s field turf in the colors of your school. The installation of the purple field turf will add to the excitement of a Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium and this team will enjoy the opportunity to play on what will be the finest surface in football.”

Still don’t want to believe this.

“This wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction,” Marcus Davidson, Assistant to the Associate in the Office of Athletic Branding, said. “It was a perfect storm of factors. Not only will field maintenance be easier for our grounds crew, but being able to project purple and gold to a national television audience is an opportunity for branding that will make Tiger Stadium the greatest place to watch a sporting event in the world. With the purple turf, the only place that compares is the Roman Coliseum, and to my knowledge, that doesn’t even exist anymore.”

Thank God it’s April Fools Day.

Tiger Stadium to Feature Purple Field Turf in ’10 (

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